Nestled in the foothills of the soaring San Gabriel Mountains, the welcoming city of Pasadena spans 23.2 square miles across sunny Southern California. With beautiful weather and a location just 11 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena offers an enticing combination of urban allure and culture. An intimate destination unlike any other in the state, Pasadena's famed sporting events, captivating art scene, upscale eateries and dazzling districts make it the premier city in the San Gabriel Valley.
Today, more than 137,122 people live within the borders of this inviting city. Reflections of Pasadena's past, which includes many years of Spanish rule, can be found at every corner. In fact, Pasadena is home to 1,000 buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Go for a scenic stroll down the revitalized main street of Old Pasadena, full of 19th century architecture and art galleries, vintage clothing stores, theaters and restaurants. Or, drop by the historic Gamble House, a masterpiece of the American Arts and Craft Movement.
Buildings are not the only works of art in the city, as Pasadena is also home to a wealth of distinguished museums. Visitors find masterworks by Botticelli, Degas and more at the Norton Simon Museum of Art, while the Pacific Asia Museum is just one of four institutions in the country dedicated exclusively to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. For a rare glimpse into the world of art, literature and nature, visitors can explore the amazing Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, an oasis of art and culture set amid 120 acres of breathtaking gardens. Here, visitors find works from British and American history and literature, including an original Gutenberg Bible and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Thanks to Pasadena's mild Mediterranean climate, guests can also enjoy a number of outdoor attractions in the city. Whether it is a relaxing stroll through the breathtaking Descanso Gardens or enjoying one of the area's exciting outdoor festivals or flea markets, this Southern California city is a pedestrian-friendly breath of fresh air. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy everything from hiking through canyon trails to golfing one of the championship courses at the Brookside Golf Course.
For sports fans, Pasadena is steeped in an American tradition that dates back 96 years. Host to college football's famed Rose Bowl and Tournament of Roses Parade, January in Pasadena comes alive with the "Granddaddy of all Bowl Games." In addition to college football, the Rose Bowl has been host to five Super Bowl Championship games and the 1994 World Cup Soccer Championships.
After the sun sets, Pasadena sparkles with a spirited nightlife. The birthplace of famed chef Julia Child, Pasadena is renowned for its top-flight cooking. From intimate bistros to elegant trattorias, Pasadena's acclaimed chefs serve up an array of delights to please even the most discriminating foodie. After dinner, visitors can enjoy cocktails and comedy at the popular Ice House Comedy Club or catch a performance at one of many theaters including the Pasadena Playhouse. Brimming with excitement day and night, Pasadena is a great destination to visit any time of year.